MLB Notes: Arizona, Prado agree to 4-year deal

MLB Notes: Arizona, Prado agree to 4-year deal
January 31, 2013, 8:45 pm
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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $40 million, four-year contract with Martin Prado just a week after acquiring the former All-Star infielder in the trade that sent Justin Upton to Atlanta.

Prado made the All-Star team as the Braves' second baseman in 2010 but is slated to play at third base for the Diamondbacks.

The 29-year-old infielder, who will play for Venezuela in this year's World Baseball Classic, is a career .295 hitter. Arizona sent two-time All-Star Upton and third baseman Chris Johnson to the Braves for Prado, right-hander Randall Delgado and three minor leaguers.

Prado said in a conference call on Thursday that the trade took him by surprise.

But, after a week, he said, "Now I see everything more clear, and I'm happy to be aboard with the Arizona Diamondbacks," (see full story).

Indians sign Capps to minor league deal
CLEVELAND -- The Indians have signed free-agent reliever Matt Capps to a minor league contract.

Capps' deal, announced Thursday, includes a non-roster invitation to spring training. The 29-year-old right-hander has 138 career saves in 444 appearances for Pittsburgh, Washington and Minnesota. He opened last season closing for the Twins and had 14 saves in his first 15 chances, but was slowed by shoulder inflammation and pitched just four innings after June 15.

The Twins declined their $6 million option on Capps for 2013, instead paying him a $250,000 buyout.

Capps was the winning pitcher for the National League in the 2010 All-Star game. That season, he had a career-high 42 saves and a 2.47 ERA in 74 games for the Nationals and Twins.

He has recorded at least 14 saves in each of the past six seasons.

Mets sign Hawkins to minor league deal
NEW YORK -- The New York Mets have signed right-hander LaTroy Hawkins to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The Mets announced the deal Thursday.

The 40-year-old Hawkins went 2-3 with one save and a 3.64 ERA last season in 48 games for the Los Angeles Angels.

In an 18-year career, Hawkins has appeared in 871 games -- 98 starts -- for the Twins, Cubs, Astros, Brewers, Rockies, Giants, Angels, Yankees and Orioles. He is 65-88 with 88 saves and a 4.45 ERA.